The Library of Congress’ mobile museum, “Gateway to Knowledge”, will be setting up in Pittsfield in time for the city’s Third Thursday celebration from 5 to 9pm tomorrow.
This mobile museum is housed in an 18-wheeler that expands to three times its width. Inside the truck, visitors will find museum-style exhibits and multimedia displays, including facsimiles of many of the Library’s most prized treasures. Those facsimiles include the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, the 1507 Waldseemüller Map (the first document to use the word “America”), the 1455 Gutenberg Bible, the 1962 drawings for the comic book that introduced Spider-Man to the world and Walt Whitman’s poem “Leaves of Grass.”
You can find the “Gateway to Knowledge” truck parked at Park Square in front of Bank Row. The exhibit will open tomorrow for Third Thursday at 5pm and close at 9pm. It will remain in town Friday and Saturday and will be open from 10am to 6pm on both days. The exhibit is free.